Ramadan. For 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, it’s the holiest month of the year.
In 2017, this starts at sunset on Friday, May 26, and ending the evening of Sunday, June 25, Muslims will actively be praying and seeking Allah. So what better time for Christians around the world to pray for Christ to work in the hearts of Muslims?
Imagine what it would be like for the world’s 2.2 billion Christians to join together and faithfully pray for the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world to find Christ. Maybe that won’t happen from this humble blog post, but if we believe that God is all-powerful, loving and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love—then, surely, we can have the hope that Christ can work in a supernatural way to make Himself known to those who are far from Him.
One of the best ways to pray for Muslims during Ramadan is to follow along with this 30 Day Prayer Guide. Otherwise, the five prayers below are an excellent way to get started.
Here’s how you can pray:
1. For Christ to be Revealed
Lord, just as you made yourself known to the Centurion in Acts chapter 10, I pray that you show yourself to Muslims around the world through dreams and visions. I know that you have done this for Muslims in the past, especially in the last few years. And I know that it is not beyond you to soften their hearts now and show them that there is only one way to find righteousness, and that’s by the transformational grace of Christ.
2. For Muslims You Already Know
Lord, thank you for calling me and saving me by grace. I pray that (NAME) will come to know you. Show him/her that you are the one true God, and that all he/she has to do is trust you and follow you. Please, give me the opportunity during Ramadan to reach out to (NAME) and speak about Christ. Allow me to be respectful while honestly representing your truth in a powerful way.
3. For Muslim Students Around the World
Lord, I want to pray for young Muslims who are attending colleges and universities around the world. As they shape their understanding of the world, may they also find Christian neighbors who can show them the love of Christ through friendship. Please allow the Holy Spirit to work through these followers of Christ so that they can boldly proclaim your name to their Muslim friends in faith, truth and love.
4. For Christ to Work Through You
Lord, please give me the opportunity to find and befriend Muslims in my community. Allow me to show them Christ’s love through friendship. I know that I am powerless to change anyone’s heart on my own, so I ask that your Spirit will work in and through me to make Christ known. Please help me speak the truth about salvation to my Muslim neighbors.
5. For Muslims Who Are Seeking
Lord, I ask that you be with those who have already received glimpses of your salvation. May you continue to work in their hearts so that they can fully accept your grace and put their hope in you. Please, Lord, protect them and give them strength to make this significant step. I know it is hard for a Muslim to leave the faith of their parents and follow you, and that comes at a great cost. Give them strength, wisdom, peace and joy as they make the most important decision of their life—the decision to follow Christ.
Will you join us in praying for Muslims during Ramadan? You can use these short prayers above, or use your own unique prayers. The important thing is that we ask the Lord to move in a significant way throughout the Muslim world.
You can also take time this month to learn about Islam and how Muslims have been coming to Christ in recent years:
– Read how a devout Muslim came to a saving faith in Christ
– Watch an interview with a Muslim who was nearly killed for following Jesus in Pakistan.
– Find out how to show hospitality to Muslims in your community
– Get a copy of the 30 Day Muslim Prayer Guide
In whatever way you move forward, my prayer is that you also grow closer in your walk with Christ as you pray for Muslims to find Jesus.
Corum Hughes works on the production team for HAVEN Today and is the managing editor of the All About Jesus blog. His passions include running, biking, reading, watching movies, and seeking Jesus in places He is seldom sought. Corum lives with his wife in California.
** Dates and content in this post have been updated for 2017.
Come join millions of Christians worldwide who since 1993 regularly participate in this largest ongoing international call to Christians to pray for the Muslim World during the annual Ramadan (Islam’s important month of fasting and religious observation).